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Gunmen raid NATO tankers in Pakistan
Sun, 01 May 2011 22:02:19 GMT
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Fire fighters put out fire after a tanker, which was transporting fuel for NATO forces, was attacked by gunmen, April 27.
Four Pakistani police officials have been killed and six others injured after gunmen attacked vehicles carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The attack took place near a roadside restaurant near Attock, some 60 kilometers from the capital Islamabad, on Sunday.

"The gunmen first opened fire on the tankers and after fleeing they attacked a nearby police post in which three police constables and one sub inspector were killed," AFP quoted local police official Sajid Mehmood as saying.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the incident, but pro-Taliban militants have repeatedly attacked NATO vehicles carrying supplies and oil to nearly 150,000 US-led foreign soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is the only route through which supplies can be sent to NATO troops in landlocked Afghanistan. Other routes, largely through Russia and the Central Asian states, have proved too costly, both politically and economically.

Militants have destroyed several hundred NATO containers in the past months claiming the attacks are in retaliation for the unauthorized US drone strikes that have claimed the lives of many civilians so far, reports say.

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